Formerly Director of Legal and Insurance for a Russell Group university, Claire has more than 15 years of experience of working in an HE in-house legal environment.  Since 2016 she has worked with numerous HEIs, providing both additional in-house legal resource and bespoke consultancy support to university legal and research contracts teams.

Claire offers advice and support on:

  • Setting up, reviewing or growing the legal or contracts team

Reviewing current legal provision and establishing core requirements, in-house v outsourcing, advising on recruitment and retention of legal staff, assisting with JDs and interview panels, setting up policies and procedures.

  • Setting up or reviewing a legal panel

Assisting the in-house team with panel review or a new appointment process. Establishing key requirements, fee structures and KPIs.

  • Coaching and mentoring

Providing coaching and/or mentoring for new Heads of Legal or university solicitors in understanding the HE legal world and their role. Particularly helpful for those without an HE background, or those seeking a more senior HE legal role.

  • Short term cover or additional support (provided remotely)

Fixed term contract work to ‘fill a gap’, provide maternity/illness cover, or additional support to the in-house legal, contracts or governance team.

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Phone 077 545 12345